As a busy and productive person, you likely have a to-do list that you could spend a week straight on and still have things to complete. Reading The Achiever helps you become more efficient at getting things done. Take a look at your to-do list and think about how complex it may be. Something to do there, stuff to do here, calls to make, appointments to keep, dates to track, bills to pay, and responsibilities pile up. We feel like changing our Facebook status to “It’s Complicated” just from writing that.

Life is complicated. As your knowledge, experiences, skills, and wealth grow, so does the complexity you deal with. One of the greatest ways to do this is to break your tasks down into their simplest components (or as simple as you can make them). This makes large tasks less formidable and alleviates the stress of constantly thinking you have monster problems to solve.

For example, you have “clean the house” on your to-do list. That may seem like a huge undertaking because you amalgamate all the actions you have to do and think you have to do. When this happens, mentally break the task down to small, actionable items. Here’s how this would go:

Fold laundry ➡️ Put clean clothes on bed ➡️ Fold one item of clothing ➡️ Put folded item away ➡️ Repeat until complete.

You’ve simplified a daunting task into something that you can easily do without much effort. After a few minutes, your “big job” is done. Become hyper-efficient by completing complementary tasks, like making calls and filing papers, at the same time. Rinse and repeat with the other projects you have and you’ve got a less stressful life.

There’s another part to this: Mindset. Getting into this habit will help you simplify your complicated life.